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Researchers in the field of organizational communication have argued that honesty, credibility and openness are important for effective organizational communication. The effects of unethical communication can be very dramatic and significant. W Charles Redding responding to a student’s question, if lying is unethical in certain occasions, mentioned that credibility and openness are so important that if these factors get devalued organizational credibility and communication will be in risk. Eric Eisenberg on the other hand argued that being clear is not always smart in organizational contexts. Strategic ambiguity refers to information purposefully being vague in order to increase organizational or individual benefits. Eisenberg and Goodall listed the above advantages of strategic ambiguity:
Promotes unified diversity, by letting employees giving diverse meanings to the same message.
Facilitates organizational change and creativity
Preserves privileged positions and
Is deniable which mean that by using strategic ambiguity let participants express their feelings and deny any interpretations they arise.
But there are some problems with strategic ambiguity. Many are those who believe that this theory provides a license for people to be misleading and promotes the notion that deception is defensible. Last but not least they believe that dishonesty supported by this theory can lead to bruised interpersonal relationships that will likely affect the organizational climate and culture. The results of a study conducted in order to understand what constitutes ethical communication showed that depends on:
Different value systems which refer to the…...

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